New rumors suggest the next series of MacBook Air laptops may be granted a fresh lease of life with a revamped look and a 15-inch addition to the lineup. This is big news, as Apple hasn’t introduced any major design changes to the range for quite some time now.
It’s also surprising, since earlier speculations had suggested Apple might kill the MacBook Air series and position its MacBook Pro range as its main laptop offering. However, the new redesign rumor should be taken with some caution, since it comes via Taiwanese newspaper Economic Daily News, which has a sketchy history at best when it comes to future Apple developments.
The paper reports the new MacBook Air notebooks will be unveiled within the 3rd quarter of 2016. This indicates it could be debuting during the 2016 edition of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which is set to take place in June. The devices will apparently be slimmer thanks to brand-new internal components and come in 13-inch and 15-inch models.
Apple may also supply the MacBook Air laptops with a better battery, chassis and cooling units. The manufacturer is further thinking of axing the 11-inch variant of the series. This makes sense, since there’s already a 12-inch Retina MacBook being offered by the company. To recall, the device was launched earlier this year at WWDC 2015.
MacRumors posits that Apple is envisioning a future lineup where the 12-inch MacBook occupies the ultraportable slot, the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air are aimed at normal consumers and the MacBook Pro offers more power at the same sizes. We’ll just have to wait and see if this holds true come June next year.